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Are you over-exerting your brain?

In the days when I was an enthusiast for competition bridge, I read a book by the British writer Victor Mollo which featured a character called The Hideous Hog. One sentence from that book, describing the Hog’s excuse for making a mistake, has always stuck in my mind “Sorry, partner; that’s what comes of over-thinking.” Over-thinking can be a serious ...

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91. Our beautiful minds

Scientists at the University of Virginia have found a previously unsuspected network of lymphatic vessels connecting the brain directly to the immune system (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature14432.html). Why is this so important? For a start, because, as Jonathon Knipsis, Director of the Center where the discovery was made, said “We ...

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